Top Places for Bass Fishing in Vermont

Bass, Bass Fishing, Lunkers, Trophy Bass

Let's look at bass management strategies in New England and where avid bass anglers can find the best bass fishing in Vermont.

Vermont is another state where trout fishing has always ruled, but Vermont biologists have recognized the increasing interest in bass fishing in recent years and have taken the initiative to set regulations designed to protect bass during the critical spring spawning period.

With this in mind, catch-and-release angling with artificial lures only was allowed on lakes and ponds from April 13 through June 7 last year. The regular bass season was from June 8 to Nov. 10. The bag limit is five fish over 10 inches in length. Season dates are expected to be similar in 2014.

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Some excellent largemouth bass fishing may be enjoyed in the Connecticut River as well as various lakes and ponds in the southern portion of the state. Smallmouths rule in the Green Mountain State's largest waters, including the legendary Lake Champlain, Lake Bomoseen, Chittenden Reservoir, Seymour Lake, Somerset Reservoir and many others. A complete listing of Vermont's best bass lakes and ponds is available on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's Web site at www.eregulations.com/vermont.

Bass fishing is allowed under general state regulations throughout New England but there are state-specific variations and some site-specific restrictions that apply. Interested anglers are advised to contact the appropriate state fisheries agency for current details on bass fishing regulations, restrictions and projected changes that may be implemented in 2014.

Also, most state fisheries agencies offer a "record fish" program where largemouths and smallmouths of exceptional size may be submitted for certificate or "pin" recognition. Contact the appropriate state's fisheries division for applications and additional information on these programs.

Finally, some of New England's bass populations have been affected by a "bass virus," which has been found to exist in nearly every state. Anglers who encounter fish showing signs of the virus are asked to contact their local or state fisheries biologist for instructions on how to submit fish samples for study.

Don't forget to share your best bass photos with us on Camera Corner for your chance to win free gear!

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